Royal Square's The Bond opens Saturday with fashion show


For the new downtown York industrial wedding and events venue, the name is Bond — The Bond — and it'll hold its grand opening on Saturday.

The $1.5 million, 40,000-square-foot redevelopment project pulled off by Royal Square Development Group has been in the works for nearly three years, said Alexandra Dwyer, vice president of research development.

The grand opening at The Bond, 134 E. King St., will feature The Parliament Arts Organization's third annual Spring Forward fashion and art event.

The event highlights seven merchants and 12 different crews or teams, including a film production crew, photography crew and flower team, and about 30 artists.

"(The Parliament's) mission is essentially to revitalize downtown York through arts and culture," said Dwyer, who also serves as The Parliament's executive director and founder. "We've basically just got a ton of creative industries from the area all together to collaborate on this huge event."

Dwyer is expecting between 400 and 450 people for the event, which will serve as a fundraiser for the organization.

Tickets are being sold online and at the door if they're still available, she said.

Spring Forward is held in conjunction with the release of The Parliament's Look Book, a mini magazine compiled by area experts on art, fashion and photography, which Dwyer said would be brought to life on Saturday.

New to market: Ultimately, Dwyer is most excited about The Bond bringing new opportunities to downtown York, she said.

There are few or no industrial wedding and event venues in the York market, she said, "and we are bringing something that's not happening in this immediate market, but is a national trend, to York City, and that's incredibly exciting to me," she said.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the fashion show and grand opening, and the event starts at 7 p.m. To buy tickets, visit

The big picture: Dwyer also said she was excited for her company's partnership with JDK Group — a Harrisburg-based catering and events company — which will manage The Bond's wedding and events spaces.

Steve Sanchez, vice president of sales and marketing for JDK Group, said his company was just as excited about the partnership, jumping at the opportunity when Dwyer and Royal Square President/CEO Josh Hankey approached them about a year and a half ago.

"We're really excited to show York this partnership," Sanchez said. "We're really on board with what Royal Square Development is trying to do for the city. That's what it's all about: giving back to the community."

Sanchez hopes projects such as The Bond will convince former south central Pennsylvania residents who left for cities with more exciting, innovative venues, he said.

JDK Group, which is still hiring, will use Saturday to showcase how creative the company can be with this new space, he said.

"We're going to have a couple unique menu items ... and some special surprises ... that'll be something that probably will wow people this weekend," he said.

Dwyer said JDK Group is a top production company in Pennsylvania, and she believes it'll be instrumental in bringing a new audience into downtown York.

Other openings: The Bond is part of a large revitalization project in the city block formed by King, Queen, Princess and Duke streets, headlined by several Royal Square developments set to open this year:

•The Union Shared Workspace will open on May 28 on the Queen Street side of The Bond building, 110 S. Queen St. Also opening on later dates this year are:

•Glazin', a gourmet doughnut and six-pack shop at 101 S. Duke St.,

•Bridge and Tunnel, a restaurant and cocktail bar at 105 S. Duke St., and

•Antiquita Glassworks, a glasswork studio and retail store at 120 E. King St.